2016 Presidential Election put me in a tailspin!

How could this happen? We had a well-qualified candidate and we had a wealthy man who stirred people with fear, racism, sexism, lies, offensive comments and actions. What affects me deeply are Christians, who support hate. None of us are perfect, but I hope we are working on being better. We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper. How can we say no to everyone having healthcare. How can we not have empathy for those less fortunate. The president of the United States of America is supposed to lead our country, not react to what others say about him on Twitter. He was chosen by the Electoral College and not by popular vote. That’s another thing, it discounts the vote of most voters. How do we reconcile that and the current events? Change is what we need.
Prayer is the answer.

Days after the election, I was still reeling. For the first time ever, I was afraid in my own country. Not just for me, but for our country. Never before did I have this feeling of fear and dread. My candidates have won and lost and I’ve always been okay with it. It’s how the process works, but this time, something is so different.

Finally I am coming back to the Pat I know. GOD is still in control! Once I realized that I couldn’t change anything, I decided to pray for our president and all our leaders. I will be mindful of all they do. I will be the good citizen, better that before. I am watching and taking notes. I know that I have a voice and people are listening. I’m reading the constitution and checking facts on what is published. I am still amazed, that in a country full of immigrants, this could happen. Let me say that as a Christian, my goal is to follow the 10 commandments. I also know that I am not to judge others. Difficult as that may be, I have opinions on what others do, but I am not to judge. GOD gave us free will and we get to choose what we do. On judgement day, we each are responsible for our choices. Remember, there is separation of church and state in our country.

A few weeks after the election, our pastor Graeme Sellers gave a message “Be swift to choose peace”. It was one of his best messages. We are to be peacemakers and he asked GOD how we can do this. The message GOD gave him was to
“open your heart and shut your mouth”. Not easy to do, I’m working on me! I’ve always said there are 3 sides to a story; yours, mine and the truth. We hear and receive things differently. What I must do, is respect the opinions of others. So I will “open my heart and shut my mouth.”

I love my church and pastors and it is a safe place. I am inviting you all to visit Wonderful Mercy Church in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are not sure or it’s too far away, we have an app(android or i phone) please download the free app. You can hear the messages and check us out. We also have a Prayer Garden, and it’s available to all. We all need that higher power and I will share mine, if you like. “Choose Love” was last year’s mission, it still is. I will always choose love over hate.
I will try to be the example GOD wants us all to be. When someone comes with hate, let’s turn them around with love.

I realize that people are frustrated with life. We must take responsibility for our choices. It is much easier to blame someone else, but let’s be honest. Put on our big boy and big girl pants and own our decisions.

Being the leader of the free world is hard. When President Obama was elected, Rush Limbaugh wanted him to fail.
Someone said, it’s like wanting your pilot to fail while you are on the plane. For 8 years president Obama faced unprecedented opposition. One of the most blatant wrongs was, when a new judge needed to be named to the Supreme Court and they would not even consider his candidates. We get fired when we don’t do our job. We have the ability to vote these people out of office. Let’s pay attention to what these leaders are doing and score them with our votes. I am praying for President Trump. I pray that he has a heart for all people. I pray that he remembers that we are all immigrants, except for Native Americans. I pray that he remembers that Social Security is not a handout, we paid for it. I pray that GOD gives him the tools and people to represent us as the greatest country in the world. Finally, I pray that he gets off Twitter and gets on with the business of running our country!

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat G

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